Canine Obesity: Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Get Exercise Right

Not only does an obese dog need to eat less, he needs to exercise more. Get your dog moving — take a walk or run, play fetch, go swimming, go up and down the stairs! Provide at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day to facilitate weight loss.

Monitoring Weight Loss

Weigh your dog every one to two weeks to monitor his weight-loss progress. Overweight or obese dogs should lose 1 to 2 percent of their body weight each week. If your dog is not losing weight, his daily calories may need to be restricted further.

Eating right and being physically active aren’t just a “diet” for your dog — they are keys to a healthy lifestyle and will reduce your dog’s risk of chronic disease and increase his chance for a longer life.

Dr. Donna Spector is a board-certified internal medicine specialist who practices in the northern Chicago area. She also owns a consulting business that focuses on bringing specialty veterinary care to underserved regions, providing consultations directly to pet owners and their veterinarians.


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